Exhilarating Shark Encounters
Up close and personal encounters with the majestic and thrilling Great White sharks
Experience an adrenaline-fueled, educational and all-round incredible diving adventure with Marine Dynamics. A renowned shark diving company that focuses on delivering incredible diving experience to their clients, as well as playing their part in marine life education, ecotourism and conservation. Marine Dynamics is situated in Gansbaai, an area known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark, and one of the best places in the world to see and dive with these iconic creatures, and to watch them in their natural environment. These dives are safe, extremely exhilarating and highly educational, as Marine Dynamics ensure an incredibly knowledgeable marine biologist accompanies guests on their trips to ensure that you get the most out of your diving experience.
Bookings are vital (preferably in advance) An indemnity waiver must be signed by the legal guardian on those going onto the boat who are younger than 18 years
~R 2120 pp
A few hours, depending on the number of guests on the boat
Children under 12: R1210 pp
Exclusive rates for groups of 1-8 and 9-20 people Children under 5: free
Bring your swimsuit/bathing costume, some warm clothes, a camera, sunscreen and a hat/cap in summer or a beanie in winter
All year round
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Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark and the best place in the world to see and dive with these iconic creatures in their natural environment.
Sister company Dyer Island Cruises is a boat based Eco-Marine Tourism Company, allowing visitors an unforgettable experience to see the Marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and sharks, as well as many species of rare pelagic birds that reside close to the shore.
Marine conservation has historically been grossly neglected and this vacuum in the scientific arena necessitates new, exciting and ongoing research projects to find out more about the precious marine species and the ecosystems in which they live. Every trip on either the shark cage diving or whale watching boat is an awesome adventure and an exciting crash-course in marine biology, educating you about the trends, traits and troubles of the endangered Great White Shark and the other amazing marine species, as well as the ecosystem!
The boat used by Marine Dynamics is one of a kind. Going Great White Shark Diving in South Africa and more specifically a trip on the Slashfin, is a combination of goosebump thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars. The 20 – 25 minute boat trip to where the activity is to take place, is by itself an exhilarating adventure. Named after a legendary 3,3 m male shark with a very distinctive dorsal fin, the Slashfin is a unique, multi-million rand aluminium boat custom designed for speed, stability, safety and space and can comfortably accommodate 40 passengers and the crew at a time. On any given day, you also usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five – sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins, as well as several bird species.
The Slashfin resembles the remarkable qualities of the Great White Shark species after which it is named: sleek, streamlined and elegant with amazing power and steadiness to graciously slice through the water and effortlessly endure the most extreme sea conditions.
The boat can comfortably accommodate 40 passengers plus the crew at a time.
The 46 feet (14m) long catamaran vessel was specifically built for the Kleinbaai slipway and is aimed at providing passengers with that veritable lap of safety and luxurious comfort while enjoying the wild, windswept open seas and its amazing wildlife.
Slashfin is powered by four large four-stroke 300 hp outboard engines, and is equipped with the best electronic equipment to navigate the area.
Built in 2010 by Veecraft in Cape Town, she was designed by well-known naval architect, Pieter Volschenk, with the input of the experience and expertise of Marine Dynamics and others in the industry.
In the cage, you can capture your friends and family in an eye-to-eye encounter with a Great White, or ask the professional onboard videographer to take a group photo to immortalise that magic moment on film. Your trip will be captured on video and a special personal link given to you so you can relive the experience whenever you choose.
Marine Dynamics provides guests with all of the diving equipment you need. Marine Dynamics has invested in over 100 wetsuits so that they can guarantee a clean dry wetsuit for every client. None of their clients wear someone else’s skin! They not only pride ourselves on our pioneering initiatives to combine sustainable eco-friendly marine tourism and adventure with research, education and conservation, but also the superior standard that they set and maintain regarding unrivalled quality of service, skills and products.
In terms of your diving experience, here is a brief summary of what you can expect:
Before the trip guests meet at the Great White House in Kleinbaai. You will receive breakfast or lunch and register your wetsuit size. Guests receive a pre-trip safety briefing about what to expect during the trip and a biological background on great white sharks. You then take a 200m stroll down to the harbour to board Slashfin. Travel time to Dyer Island is approximately 20 minutes, with the shallows being a short 10 minute ride. On average, you will anchor for 2 hours, but this depends on shark activity, conditions, as well as number of divers. Weather permitting, the boat takes a quick trip through the infamous Shark Alley. Lastly, a debrief in the Great White House with soup and bread to warm you up.
Cash Showers available to freshen up before departing on your next adventure.
Marine Dynamics offer a range of exclusive trips for those who want the ultimate shark diving experience with friends and family. Celebrate a major event with an exclusive shark cage diving trip for close friends and family or company outing aboard The Slashfin – it is guaranteed to put the wind back in everyone’s sails and to create memories and footage that will last a lifetime!
Marine Dynamics offer exclusive rates for 1-8 and 9-20 people at a time, which means you and your guests will have the boat to yourself to relax and enjoy our miraculous marine life in privacy. You will also have the undivided attention and company of the professional crew members at your beck and call to ensure all your needs and requirements are met!
Sharing such a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the iconic king of the underwater world with close friends and loved ones gives it that special personal touch and unforgettable quality. You can stay in the cage as long as you want!
The experienced skipper, marine biologist and bait handlers will have ample time to answer all your questions and to entertain you with endless information regarding our Marine Big Five – whales, dolphins, sharks, penguins and seals.
Marine Dynamics prides itself on being a unique shark diving company. And here’s why:
Marine Dynamics is not only THE South African shark cage diving company best geared to give you a once in a lifetime adrenaline-packed close-up encounter, they are also a multidimensional and multi-awarded Ecotourism and Conservation Enterprise guaranteed to rock your boat in more than one way!
A dedicated marine biologist on board every trip
A fully licensed Restaurant and Crew House, aptly named the Great White House, which includes facilities such as: 2 marine rooms where professional safety and informative briefings are given before each trip + separate ladies/gents/handicap restroom facilities with a 5-star rating + curio shop
The crew receives as many compliments as the Great White Sharks, with more combined experience than any other Shark Cage Diving crew.
Marine Dynamics invests in the research and conservation of the great white shark through owner established Dyer Island Conservation Trust.
5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, 7220, South Africa
Directions from Cape Town
From Cape Town take the N2 over Sir Lowry's Pass. Continue this route until soon after the Houw Hoek pass when you will see the R43 turnoff to Hermanus which you need to take. Once you reach Hermanus follow the signs towards Stanford. Continue past Stanford toward Gansbaai. Upon entering Gansbaai, follow the Main Road through the town. Once you have reached the end of the town, there is a brown sign indicating shark cage diving and a sign that reads Kleinbaai. Turn right towards Kleinbaai and continue for about 3 km towards the harbour. The Great White House is no 5 Geelbek Street, just a short distance from the harbour. It is a big white building with a thatch roof. You can park in the front or in the grass area at the back.
Directions from The Garden Route
Whether you come from the Tsitsikamma National Park, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna or Oudtshoorn, each and every road towards Gansbaai takes you through a kaleidoscope of breathtaking landscapes and villages offering a smorgasbord of outdoor activities, cultural heritages and adventure! Once you reach Swellendam, you have another tough choice: the meandering R319 country road taking you past rural farmlands via Bredasdorp, Elim and Baardscheerdersbos; or the N2 towards Stormsvlei, Riviersonderend, Stanford and Gansbaai. Both roads offer unique and exciting opportunities.
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